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Synagogues matter! This statement, put simply and straightforwardly, is the conviction and focus of a book by the same name, written by Rabbi Aaron Spiegel. Spiegel, the Information Technology...

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Does your synagogue request (or require) membership dues from members? Has your board talked about alternatives? This New York Times article from 2015 profiles various congregations that are trying...

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Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth is the Rabbi of Ohel Ari Congregation in Raanana, Israel and the Executive Director of Beit Hillel: Attentive Spiritual Leadership, a Modern-Orthodox spiritual leadership...

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This article captures the thinking of Rabbi Sid Schwarz concerning the challenges facing synagogues in the United States. Rabbi Schwarz is the director of the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a...

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Literature on synagogue mergers is hard to find. In this contribution, merger administrator, Brenner, offers insights and practical tools to guide leaders thru the intricacies of the merger...

Thumb tomorrows synagogue

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Organizational creative thinker, Rabbi Hayim Herring, has made it his business as a consultant and a Jewish leader to help synagogues reflect on, prepare for, and face the challenges of the...

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Baruch HaLevi moved to Swamscott, MA to become rabbi of two recently merged synagogues in 2006. This book tells the story of revitalization of Jewish life in that setting. Rabbi “B”, as he is...

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What happens when you combine the wisdom of a rabbi with the expertise of an organizational development consultant? You get an insightful book called This House We Build. Authors Bookman and Kahn,...

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Starting or maintaining a congregational library can feel overwhelming. But, professional and non-professional congregational librarians can find help, direction, and support from the Church and...

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After conducting extensive research that included more than 100 interviews and site visits, professor and author Ron Wolfson concludes that building a strong community that provides identity,...

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Most of us experience up close the changing cultural context for religious life. What many of us lack is a comprehensive response. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky provides both a diagnosis and solution...

Thumb spirituality of welcoming

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In this book, Dr. Ron Wolfson casts a compelling vision for how synagogues can become vibrant spiritual centers in their communities. With energetic and descriptive language, he paints a picture of...

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This report from the 2013-2014 Union of Reform Judaism Young Adult Engagement Community of Practice is an interactive resource with numerous action steps and resource links to enable a congregation...

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By now, almost every seminary graduate has been introduced to Bowen Family Theory and Rabbi Edwin Friedman’s effective (and often winsome, even witty) adaptation of it to congregational life. The...

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Sulam for Strategic Planners (SSP) is a new program of United Synagogue to strengthen congregations. While this program is only open to USCJ-affiliated congregations in good standing, many...

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Who would have thought that the book of Numbers could serve as a primer on leadership? Erica Brown did. Her book delivers an engaging interpretation of this book from the Hebrew Scriptures. It...

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Ravblog is the blog of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. The blog features contributions from leadership and staff members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis as well as articles...

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Religious leaders agree that a commitment to life-long learning by congregants is critically important to the overall well-being and strength of faith communities, and Professor of Jewish...

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Whether an historic building or a contemporary one, most faith communities have a lot to learn about how to make their sacred space more energy efficient and cost effective. In Chasing Sacred Air,...

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Here Jewish News Weekly (jweekly.com) contributor Yisrael Shapiro offers a brief article on the efforts made by congregations and judicatories from different Jewish traditions to address the...

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